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Periodically on this blog we will introduce you to key members of the Business Exchange team. This week, we are proud to introduce BusinessWeek Digital’s VP of Technology Isaac Sacolick.
Isaac has been with BW for nearly two years and has been instrumental in the development of Business Exchange. He heads up BW’s technology department, which includes the magazine, BusinessWeek.com and Business Exchange. He spends much of his time overseeing the company’s agile development process that is used to roll out new features to both Business Exchange and BusinessWeek.com on a regular basis. He also works with the business team on feature development and prioritization, and helps the engineering team with the performance and scalability of the Web sites.
Amid his busy schedule, Isaac took some time to give us a peek into his world and why he is an avid BX user. (No, it’s not because he works here!)
What intrigued you about the Business Exchange project at the start?
Business Exchange makes it easy to read, save and react to articles in business and technology topics. I have a busy schedule, so it’s very efficient for me to come to BX daily, and read the most important articles in key topics. I think all busy business professionals have to keep up in their industry, so it’s exciting to build and grow a product that solves a real and valuable need.
Also, I’m a part time blogger on Ctotodevelopers.blogspot.com and write about agile development, social networking and transformation. BX is a great product for journalists and bloggers that want to promote their content to business people, who are following specific topics. There are many people writing great content that should appeal to BusinessWeek readers. It’s both challenging and rewarding to develop the platform to address this opportunity.
What has been your favorite thing to develop on BX?
Our integration with Twitter. When I read a good article, I can post it to BX, save it (so I can find my most important articles later) and send a Tweet about it all in one step. I’m @nyike on Twitter.
What benefits do you get from participating on BX?
For one thing, it makes it easy for me to read relevant articles in the topics I follow. Second, I can save articles so that I can find and share them later on My Activity page. (How many times have you said, “I wish I remembered where I read about…”?) Finally, I’ve met some interesting people; some I follow or follow me on BX, others I’ve met on Twitter through reactions that I post on BX, and others have seen my posts on BX and have visited my blog.
Can you reveal any new features for our users to look out for in the near future?
LOL. That’s the $1 million question. We have a number of features aimed to simplify the user experience and improve the page response time. Then we have some bigger features that, well, better stay tuned!
Business Exchange (BX) is a unique site where business professionals can collaborate and network around business topics. BX, created by BusinessWeek, is updated regularly. This blog will keep you in the loop on the latest features, the newest topics and our savvy business users. We'll give you a behind-the-scenes peek at Business Exchange and keep you in the know on what’s buzzing on the site.